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Old 04-11-2007, 08:28 PM   #1901
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Oh well SCM. It was a tough game tonight as expected. Playing on the road in front of a pumped up Ottawa crowd in our first playoff game can result in a 6-1 beating.

I'm anxious to see how we bounce back from this one game out of a possible seven. Our boys have experienced what it's like and what they have do in the playoffs after game one.

Lick our wounds and live to fight another day.
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Oh well SCM. It was a tough game tonight as expected. Playing on the road in front of a pumped up Ottawa crowd in our first playoff game can result in a 6-1 beating.

I'm anxious to see how we bounce back from this one game out of a possible seven. Our boys have experienced what it's like and what they have do in the playoffs after game one.

Lick our wounds and live to fight another day.
We definantly can NOT let this go to our heads.

Where was Jocelyn earlier?
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:30 PM   #1903
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FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:31 PM   #1904
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Ok I see LaRaque on the Bench, Now I'm wondering why he hasn't done anything.
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Well if only they could have had that EARLIER.
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That was Sid's I got two words for ya for ripping me off goal.
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Well at least we ended this game with a couple goals.
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Ottawa dominates Pens in Game 1

By Karen Price
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

OTTAWA - The start of the Penguins' 2007 playoff run could not have been more disastrous.

How it will end is still anyone's guess.

But on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place, the Ottawa Senators rolled out the red carpet for the Penguins, then covered them with it and walked all over them, rolling to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

"We can't be worse than that," coach Michel Therrien said.

Hardly a thing went right for the Penguins, who for the first 10 minutes of the game looked like a bunch of guys who met for the first time when they got to the bench.

They trailed by two goals just 6:38 into the game, were outshot, 21-8, at the midway point and trailed by three before Jordan Staal scored the Penguins' first goal at 16:58 of the second period.

The Penguins didn't score again until 12:42 of the third period, when they were down, 6-1, and Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby converted power plays to end the game.

Six players scored for the Senators, 13 recorded points and goaltender Ray Emery made 23 saves on 26 shots.

"We didn't bring our best," said Crosby, who had one apparent goal disallowed but another count in the last minute of his NHL playoff debut. "I think if we looked at ourselves and said, 'We threw everything at them and this is the result,' then I think we'd be questioning ourselves, but we have a lot more to show."

With 10 minutes left, Penguins coach Michel Therrien pulled starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, whom he later said played well and gave them a chance to stay in the game. Fleury made 30 saves but allowed three goals on seven shots in the third period.

The Penguins took a physical beating as well.

The Senators eliminated rookie Evgeni Malkin with their physical play early in the first period, and the rookie center was barely noticeable from then on. Ryan Whitney took a hard hit that sent him off the ice favoring his left side in the third period, and Crosby was attended to briefly by trainer Chris Stewart after a collision with Daniel Alfredsson in the third period bent him backwards.

It wasn't until the second period that the Penguins started to settle down and bear at least some small resemblance to the team that went 31-9-5 from Jan. 1 to the end of the regular season.

But the Senators came out and scored nine seconds into the third to make it 4-1. An apparent goal by Crosby 14 seconds later was disallowed after a video review ruled that Crosby had kicked the puck into the net.

"I'd have to see the replay, but I tried to hit it with my stick," Crosby said. "I missed it with my stick. I don't know how it went in. I thought it hit my shinpad. It's a tough one to take. We probably could have had a little more momentum after they scored. (Referee Paul) Devorski saw it, and I guess he got overruled. I thought for sure it was going to be a goal."

The Senators are 3-3 when they've won the first game of a playoff series and 2-6 when they lose Game 1.

Game 2 is on Saturday in Ottawa.

"They're a proud bunch, they won't roll over and die," the Senators' Jason Spezza said. "The next game will be way harder than this one. We need to take advantage of our home ice, and that means winning two games here."

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Inside the Pens' 6-3 loss to Ottawa

By The Tribune-Review
Thursday, April 12, 2007

Game breakdown

Hit of the game: Senators forward Mike Comrie, all 5-feet-10 of him, crunched 6-2 Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin on the second shift of the game. The hit led to a goal and established precedent. Ottawa hammered the Penguins' stars all night. Malkin disappeared after the hit.

Turning point: Lyndon Slewidge's stirring rendition of "Oh, Canada" must have set the tone for a first period in which the Senators skated as if propelled by jet packs. If the anthem wasn't the turning point, then the opening faceoff surely was.

Numbers game: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had six shots on goal in the first period and misfired on four others, meaning he directed an astounding 10 shots toward Marc-Andre Fleury in the first 20 minutes. ... The Penguins were 0 for 5 on the power play through two periods, averaging a shot per power play.

Highlight reel: Senators tough guy Chris Neil looked like Mario Lemieux on a third-period breakaway, faking a forehand and lifting a backhander past Fleury.

Save of the game: Penguins defensemen made almost as many saves as Fleury in the first period. Rob Scuderi made a miraculous play six minutes into the game, when he batted Alfredsson's sure goal out of mid-air, just before it entered the net. Mark Eaton later made consecutive saves on Dany Heatley at the goal mouth.


Three Stars

3. Daniel Alfredsson, Senators, RW. One-man firing range.

2. Chris Phillips, Senators, D. Bottled up Crosby and Pens' top line.

1. Anton Volchenkov, Senators, D. See Phillips.

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Pens' young stars better respond

By Joe Starkey
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

OTTAWA,

Welcome to the playoffs, boys.

Wow. What an initiation.

The Ottawa Senators humiliated the bumbling Penguins in every conceivable fashion Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

And that was just in the first seven minutes.

It wouldn't get much better, as the Senators rolled to a 6-3 victory.

Ottawa manhandled the Penguins from the first shift, ruined their power play, bombarded goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury -- who morphed into Marc-Andre Flustered by the time he was pulled midway through the third period -- and generally left the impression that this series could be shorter than coach Bryan Murray's fuse.

Yeah, it was only one game, but the Penguins will be looking at a must-win situation Sunday night at Mellon Arena if they don't radically transform themselves and win Game 2 on Saturday.

It could happen, but only if the team's young stars adjust overnight to the head-bashing reality of playoff hockey. Maybe there's a witch doctor somewhere in Ottawa who can help with that.

Jordan Staal played a decent game, but his fellow five-star youngsters Fleury, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Whitney and Evgeni Malkin played like they'd never encountered such a scene. Which, of course, they hadn't.

Scotiabank Place was packed with delirious Senators fans all decked in red.

Malkin got decked on his first shift, when tiny Mike Comrie pounded him like a nail into the corner boards deep in the Penguins' end. A few seconds later, Ottawa led, 1-0.

Malkin played one good shift -- midway through the second period. For much of the night, he looked as if he didn't want the puck, probably because he knew touching it would mean pain. He didn't even register a shot.

The way Crosby gets bottled up against this team, Malkin becomes that much more critical to the Penguins' chances.

As for Crosby, he made a handful of un-Crosby-like plays through the first two periods, showing obvious signs of tightness.

The Kid has a major problem on his hands. Two of them, actually.

Murray sends out hulking defenseman Chris Phillips and his built-like-a-boulder partner, Anton Volchenkov, every time Crosby hits the ice.

Those two combined for 10 hits, a good many on Crosby. Volchenkov also delivered a symbolic hit at 13:04 of the second period, nearly depositing Gary Roberts into the Senators bench.

Several hours before the game, somebody asked Crosby about his lack of success against the Senators. He came in with one goal in seven career games against them.

"Maybe the points haven't been there against them," Crosby said, "but I haven't felt shut down."

That mindset might have changed by the end of the second period, by which time Crosby had only one shot. He had a goal disallowed on a kick 23 seconds into the third period and scored a meaningless goal in the final minute.

The lack of punch on Crosby's wings might get badly exposed in this series. Not only does he have to contend with that and with Ottawa's bash brothers, but also with the most dynamic line in the league.

Murray likes to use Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza against Crosby's line.

In the face of such firepower, maybe it's time Penguins coach Michel Therrien puts Crosby and Malkin back together.

Fleury actually didn't play that badly, considering he spent much of the night serving as Daniel Alfredsson's personal clay pigeon. Alfredsson directed 13 shots at Fleury, eight of them on goal. Incredibly, he didn't score.

Maybe somebody on the visiting team could take a lesson from the Senators and try to hit Alfredsson next game.

By the middle of the third period, the Senators were taking unimpeded runs at everyone in sight.

Christoph Schubert, for example, detonated Sergei Gonchar twice in a matter of seconds, and all Gonchar could do was turn and complain to the referee.

No use in that. This is a problem the Penguins need to fix themselves.

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